Reducing Emissions Through Our Supply Chain

Reducing Emissions Through Our Supply Chain

On an average day, Mosaic moves 50,000 tons of crop nutrients around the world through the largest delivery network in the industry. Moving a high volume of product requires an efficient distribution system. To keep Mosaic's system running at top performance, the company regularly evaluates a variety of metrics, including fuel use.

Working with our transportation and logistics providers to help minimize fuel costs and maximize fuel efficiencies, least-cost modes of transport and fuel-saving initiatives are used—such as automatic engine shut-offs and reduced intra-company truck scaling. Mosaic's investments in faster loading processes have helped reduce fuel consumption and the total number of trucks deployed.

The added benefit of transport mode selection optimization is reduced traffic congestion and road safety.

No matter what mode is selected, Mosaic works with our transportation providers to back-haul products. Back-hauling reduces "dead head," or empty loads. Back-haul is used to ship Mosaic's phosphate across the gulf from Florida to our plant in Louisiana. Every year we move three million tons of phosphate rock from the Tampa Big Bend terminal west to Mosaic's Uncle Sam, Louisiana phosphate plant. Three United Maritime vessels rotate taking our phosphate west and immediately reloading with coal for the east-bound trip to fuel Tampa Electric Company's (TECO) power plant at its Big Bend plant.

In our phosphate operations, we use "saddleback trailers" to transport molten sulfur from ports to plants and then return with dry products from the plant to port. Saddleback trailers dramatically reduce the number of trucks deployed for single-leg trips and help minimize the amount of fuel consumed.